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Squirrel Tail Treatment

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Well, I just obtained my first native fly tying material, a squirrel tail. I know there was a post on here re: buck tail, but I wouldn't think I have to go to such great lengths since there is no real exposed flesh/skin.

 

Nonetheless, I'd rather that my fly tying desk not become infested with visitors, headscratch.gif so does anyone have any tips? I had heard that just putting it in the microwave for a short zap will kill anything.

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I would freeze it, thaw it, and then freeze it again....I have read this kills any tics or mites that might be in the hair. Remove and let airdry in a warm dry place and you are all set. I have tails that I have just clipped off roadkill and done nothing but let them dry. To be safe you might want to keep the tails seperate from your expensive dry fly necks. But otherwise I don't think you will have any problems.

 

Alan

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Thanks for the tip...icon14.gif

 

I was concerned about chemical treatments or boiling that might damage or change the hair. I just found this one this morning and it was fresh road kill. The hair was soft, softer than one I had purchased. I'll try your freeze-thaw-freeze-thaw and I'm sure that will work.

 

Should make some nice trout and steelhead streamers and wet flies.

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